Residents may not return to former care home in Maltby after Covid outbreak

Residents who were temporarily moved to a different care home due to an outbreak of Covid-19 may not return to their former home if plans are approved.

By Danielle Andrews, Local Democracy Reporter
Wednesday, 4th August 2021, 3:27 pm

Sixteen adults with learning disabilities moved from Parkhill Lodge at Maltby to live at Lord Hardy Court at Rawmarsh in October 2020 following a Covid outbreak among residents and staff, which could not be contained due to the building’s “outdated design and layout”.

A report to be heard by Rotherham Council’s cabinet on August 16 states that the “outdated” building does not offer an “attractive” lifestyle to younger adults, and has “limited space”.

The council would have to spend an approximate £189,000 in the next five years to update the building’s heating system and replacing rotten timber.

Parkhill Lodge, in Maltby.

The report recommends that residents remain living at Lord Hardy Court for the “medium term”.

Lord Hardy Court is a 60-bed care home providing short stay and long stay care to older people with various support needs, including those with dementia.

It adds that moving residents back to Parkhill Lodge “presents major health and safety concerns due to requirements to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 being limited within the existing building.

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“The building contains asbestos, has challenges with the heating system, design and contains only shared bathrooms.”

Councillor David Roche, cabinet member for adult social care and public health said:“The move to Lord Hardy Court was only intended to be temporary because of the Covid outbreak.

“With the high rate of infections in Rotherham Lord Hardy Court is still the safest option in the short term.

“However, we do want to consult with residents, their families and advocates about remaining at Lord Hardy Court even after the dangers of the pandemic have eased.”

If the Cabinet agrees, the consultation will run for six weeks, from August 23 to September 22 2021.